Should Everyone Use the Same Vocal Mic? – GigGab 96


Should everyone in your band be on the same vocal mic or does it make more sense to let the singer choose a mic? What about the sound engineer’s opinion? These are important questions to ask, and Paul throws them into the mix for he and Dave to discuss.

Getting the gig: what kind of demo or sample do you need? Years ago that was audio, but now is it video? Again, Paul and Dave discuss.

First, though, in this final show of 2016, your two favorite Weekend Warriors pay a little tribute and remember some of the more notable musicians we’ve lost this year.

All this and more in this week’s GigGab!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 96 – December 28th, 2016
  • 00:02:06 Musicians Gone By 2016
  • 00:12:50 Demos as a path to getting a gig
    • 00:15:23 Go into a studio or self-record?
    • 00:17:27 What about video?
    • 00:19:50 Audio can work, but..
    • 00:20:50 Live video is the answer!
    • 00:22:01 The importance of snippets and a highlight reel
    • 00:23:38 Loudr <>
    • 00:24:47 Licensing Fees
  • 00:26:32 Should everyone be on the same vocal mic?
  • 00:33:46 Happy new year!

Santa Paul and Santa Dave’s Holiday Wish List for Fellow Musicians – GigGab 95

It’s the season for gift-giving, and your two Weekend Warrior Santas want to fill your gift bag with a few things to make your musical life more complete. Listen to what Santa Paul and Santa Dave wish for each of you. And remember… always be performing!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 95 – December 21st, 2016
  • 00:01:00 Musicians Gone By
  • 00:02:04 Santa Dave and Santa Paul’s Holiday Wish List for Fellow Musicians
  • 00:02:50 Band Chemistry
    • Schedule a band retreat!
    • Extend your rehearsals, plan offstage time together
  • 00:07:56 Good sound
  • 00:15:51 Good Fanbase
  • 00:19:34 Find the groove.
  • 00:26:40 Reasonable booking people
    • Club owners: comp the band’s food!
  • 00:33:00 Beautiful Vocal Harmonies
  • 00:37:58 New Gear that works (and sounds good)

Maximizing Setup Time, Taking Requests, and Repairing Relationships – GigGab 94

band-gearIt’s time to answer some of your questions. Thomas asks about setup time: how long is too long? what can you and your band do to make it more efficient? Dave and Paul have your answers here. Then it’s on to Matt, whose band was badmouthed by their former singer. Your two favorite weekend warriors talk through ways to repair the damage and move forward. But first, do you take requests? Ever take heat from a club owner for that? It can be a double-edged sword, and it’s one that Dave and Paul have both experienced recently. All of this and more in this week’s GigGab!

Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff Mentioned

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 94 – December 12th, 2016
  • 00:00:50 Requests … The Good and the Bad
  • 00:07:50 Earning and maintaining the trust of your employers
  • 00:11:27 Fostering community
  • 00:17:21 Thomas-Setup Time?
  • 00:31:55 Matt-Repairing The Impact of Badmouthing
  • 00:40:38 GigGab Outtro

It’s All About The Audition – GigGab 93

drummer-playing-kitAt some point, every musician (well, except Paul) will go through the process of auditioning for a band. If not that, then you might be part of a band that’s auditioning a new member. The process can be fun, grueling, enlightening, frustrating and unproductive. But it’s a means to an end, and you can make the best of it.

Listen to your two favorite Weekend Warriors talk about their auditioning experiences. Hear what worked, what didn’t, and learn some tricks that Paul and Dave have developed over the years.

Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff Mentioned:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 93 – December 5th, 2016
  • 00:00:43 Weekend gig debrief
  • 00:09:30 Paul Simon
  • 00:11:51 Auditioning
  • 00:33:35 Be careful how you make your decision
  • 00:37:13 Ask about substance use
  • 00:38:09 Match the time commitment
  • 00:40:44 Have the money talk!
  • 00:42:13 As always, GigGab brings it back to common respect